Some Collections of Interest from Hyrum and Mary Fielding Smith
Hyrum was the older brother of Joseph who to be the chosen Prophet of the Last Dispensation
Consider the character of our ancestor as compared to so many who wish to take what could be conceived as recognition
Not so with Hyrum.
Hyrum believed that Joseph had been called of God, and he never wavered in that knowledge or his faith. Like Joseph, he was persecuted and jailed for his beliefs. After spending months in Liberty Jail under deplorable conditions, he wrote:
I had been abused and thrust into a dungeon, and confined for months on account of my faith, and the “testimony of Jesus Christ.” However I thank God that I felt a determination to die, rather than deny the things which my eyes had seen, which my hands had handled [the plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated], and which I had borne testimony to, wherever my lot had been cast; and I can assure my beloved brethren that I was enabled to bear as strong a testimony, when nothing but death presented itself, as ever I did in my life.
Hyrum later served beside his brother the Prophet as Patriarch to the Church and Assistant President of the Church. As a member of the Nauvoo Temple building committee, he encouraged everyone to participate in building the temple. He was a vocal supporter of the sisters’ penny subscription and taught that even the smallest contribution to the temple was worthwhile: “The widow’s two mites were more in the eyes of the Lord than the purse of the rich
Joseph paid tribute to his elder brother’s kind heart with these words: “I could pray in my heart that all my brethren were like unto my beloved brother Hyrum, who possesses the mildness of a lamb and the integrity of a Job, and in short the meekness and humility of
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Her were hardships were immense
We all grew up with the wonderful stories of Mary Fielding Smith showing her true womanhood as she crossed the plains. We applauded her courage, determination, and her success. In the book, “ The Women of Mormondom”, written by Edward W. Tullidge in 1877, and edited by Eliza R. Snow, we get the full account. Enjoy!
“In the spring of
Here Widow Smith reported herself to President Kimball, who consigned her to Captain—-‘s fifty.
Said the Captain: ‘Widow Smith, how many wagons have you?’
‘How many yokes of oxen have you?’
‘Well,’ said the captain, ‘it is folly for you to start in this manner; you never can make the journey, and if you try it you will be a burden upon the company the whole way. My advice to you is to go back to Winter Quarters and wait till you can get help.’
Widow Smith calmly replied: ‘Captain, I will beat you to the valley, and will ask no help from you either!’ This seemed to nettle the old gentleman, and it doubtless influenced his conduct toward her during the journey.
As they journeyed on the captain lost no opportunity to vent his spleen on the widow and her family; but she prayerfully maintained her integrity of purpose, and pushed vigorously on, despite several discouraging circumstances.
One day, as they were moving slowly through the hot sand and dust, in the
‘He is dead, there is no use working with him; we’ll have to fix up some way to take the widow along; I told her she would be a burden upon the company.
Meantime Widow Smith had been searching for a bottle of consecrated oil in one of the wagons, and now came forward with it, and asked the other brethren to administer to the ox, thinking that the Lord would raise him up. They did so, pouring a portion of oil on the top of his head, between and back of the horns, and all laid hands upon him, and one prayed, administering the ordinance as they would have done to a human being that was sick. In a moment he gathered up his legs, and at the first word arose to his feet, and
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Elder Richard G. Scott
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
With all my capacity I encourage you to discover who you really are. … I urge you to discern through the Spirit your divinely given capacities.
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"Walk In the ways that Hyrum walked"
“Upon the family of Hyrum Smith has rested a great responsibility of the carrying on of this great work.” — Elder M. Russell Ballard
Mary Fielding Smith's Life: A Lecture
Mary Fielding Smith, widow of the Prophet Joseph Smith’s brother, Hyrum, lived a full and difficult life, but one of faith, emulated by an illustrious posterity that has included two Church presidents.
Her Ox Goes Marching O
Lavina Fielding Anderson write:
“My subject is not Mary Fielding Smith herself but what she represents: the process by which women……role models for women of contemporary times”